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Indonesia Bans Air, Sea Travel Until June Over COVID-19 Fears

Hospital kitchen staff clad in full PPE ship meals to COVID-19 coronavirus sufferers at an isolation part of Bogor normal hospital in Bogor, West Java on April 23, 2020.
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Indonesia will ban all air and sea journey till June, officers stated Thursday, in an obvious effort to comprise the unfold of the coronavirus through the holiest interval on the Islamic calendar. 

The short-term ban takes impact Friday, the primary day of the fasting month of Ramadan for the Muslim-majority nation, and lasts till June 1.

It comes a day after the federal government, fearing an explosion in virus circumstances, banned the annual exodus for Eid al-Fitr, the vacation marking the top of Ramadan, when hundreds of thousands journey to their hometowns and ancestral villages.

The most recent measure won’t apply to emergency, diplomatic or cargo transport, the federal government stated.

The repatriation of Indonesian residents from overseas and foreigners residing within the Southeast Asian archipelago may also be exempt.

“It applies to both domestic and international commercial travel but there are some exceptions,”  Transportation Ministry spokeswoman Adita Irawati advised AFP.

The nation’s largest airways Garuda and Lion Air had already scaled backed their business flights because the tourism market shrivelled up.

However the ban on sea journey may hamper the motion of hundreds of thousands in a rustic of some 17,000 islands the place passenger ferries are a key mode of transportation.

The federal government had already known as on residents of main cities, together with the capital Jakarta, to remain put.

As of Thursday, Indonesia had confirmed 7,775 circumstances of COVID-19 and 647 deaths.

However the toll is broadly believed to be a lot increased in a rustic with one of many lowest testing charges on this planet.

 

AFP

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